I just learned that Jane Reichhold passed last year. I am very saddened to hear this. She is one of the first poets I encountered when I discovered haiku over a decade ago, and I remember her teaching, sharing, and enthusiasm for haiku with great fondness.
It is with great sadness that I report the death of Jane Reichhold – poet, editor, translator and much more besides.
Jane’s body was found on a beach near her home between Gualala and Point Arena on the northern California coast on July 28. Her husband, Werner, says she took her own life as symptoms of her fibromyalgia worsened. He has been quoted as saying (scroll down to find the entry for Jane) that she wished to depart this life at a time of her choosing and had written her own obituary 2 months ago.
Jane Reichhold, photographed at her home on July 9, 2016. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Read about my recent visit to Jane in Postcard from Gualala and read a well-written (apart from the misspelling of Lynx) 2015 profile of her from the Ukiah Daily Journal – she has done so much in her life that it’s difficult…
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